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West End Locks,
Willenhall Lock Museum
and other works

Lock and Key Making, Compilation No.33

A 6-lever padlockBackground

West End Locks: When recorded, West End employed six people mainly making padlocks with cast cases. The works, next door to the Willenhall Lock Museum, shows how buildings were adapted for industrial use. For example, a former exterior wall complete with window frames is now totally enclosed by later building.

A lock works exterior

Willenhall Lock Museum: In 1985, the Lock Museum, a National Museum in all but name, was created in a house with a typical Victorian backyard workshop. See the site feature "The Lock Museum" for more information. This recording shows lock making skills demonstrated by volunteers using original tools and equipment such as fly-presses, blacksmith's hearths and belt-driven machinery.

Lock Works Exteriors: A collection of shots of the exteriors of many Willenhall lock works not otherwise covered in our lock making titles.

Pressing padlock cases


  • This compilation has no commentary.
  • NGR: SO 961 984
  • £ 12.00 - DVD
  • Running Time: 49 mins.
  • Recorded July 1987
  • Price includes worldwide delivery.
  • Made with the help of The Lock Museum and Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council.

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